The days of Gillette Stadium being a place teams could come and grab easy road points appear to be over for now. The New England Revolution are seeing to that with some of the best home form in the league.
Riding goals from Lee Nguyen and newly-acquired forward Jerry Bengtson, the Revs dominated a short-handed New York Red Bulls side on their way to a 2-0 victory on Sunday.
Nguyen opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a long-range blast off a Chris Tierney pass and the New England defense made that lead stand up as the Revs limited the Red Bulls to just three shots on goal.
Bengtson came on as a second-half substitute and made a rousing debut for the Revs, scoring in the 84th minute to seal the victory and signal his intent to earn his place as the team's new Designated Player.
The Red Bulls were hit by injuries heading into the match and played without newly-named MLS All-Star First XI selections Thierry Henry and Heath Pearce, as well as regulars Rafa Marquez, Markus Holgersson and Jan Gunnar Solli.
Here are the match highlights:
What did you think of the match? Starting to take New England seriously as a playoff contender? Think the Red Bulls are coming back down to earth, or still think they will be a force in the East once their top players are healthy?
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